Jan 15, 2013

Carol’s ‘Close Up’ today with new blog Feature Poet Janet Read! ‘Reads Ramblings’!


Carol Bridgestock

 I am excited and pleased to be doing an interview today with Janet Read who is heading our new feature ‘Reads Ramblings!’. Janet is a Yorkshire lass born and bred… Come with me an learn more about our talented new poet!

Hi Janet!

Tell me and our readers abit about yourself.

I consider myself lucky, loved and cared for. I’ve always worked hard to earn a crust and now work within the Emergency Lighting and Fire sector, helping to promote safety measures around the world.  I must confess to never really being a career minded sort of girl, although I’ve turned my hand to a lot of different jobs in my life time. I do enjoy the social get together that working offers and the fact that it pays the bills!

 Okay, so you’ve won the lottery and don’t have to work anymore…

 If I won the lottery I’d be away with the fairies! I guess I’d have to do some serious thinking whilst soaking up the sun somewhere.  I would consider a villa here and there, maybe a vineyard or two, but I could never forget my family and all the help they have given me, they are all so very special… and of course my friends, everybody need them so it would be nice to give something back to mine.

What do you do in your spare time?

Spare time? On occasions I like to put my feet up with a glass of wine or two!(Red of course) A nice meal and good company – perfect.

I once wrote a poem for a competition to create the slogan for the label on a bottle of well known ‘Bats Blood Merlot’ it did get acknowledged but it wasn’t successful enough for me to win the free case of wine, shame! Here it is!


      BATS BLOOD MERLOT, drink at your peril

 Dark and mysterious, red like the devil

              A masquerade of seduction, passion and charm

           Experience it’s flavour a legend in your palm.


I love my holidays, but who doesn’t and my weekends are precious. I adore walking and after being stuck in an office all week I like being outside in the open air. My favourite place is Allanbank House in Grassmere, one of the National Trust Sites, everyone should go there at least once it’s so tranquil and serene, it’s no surprise that Wordsworth was inspired there. The National Trust bought it and are now in the process of restoring it after it has been empty for years. The rooms are still quite sparse but visitors are invited to write their renovation ideas and good wishes and post them around the walls of the house. The National Trust want as much involvement as possible as to what they think should be done to the house and its wonderful grounds, you must all go and see!

Who are your mentors? 

My brother Bob and his wife are my mentors for my writing antics. They have both done so very well with their books, the competitions they organise to inspire others, especially children and their book signings… I’m so envious. They never stop working though, I’m sure that they work harder now than before they retired!

You mentioned your acclaim from the ‘Bats Blood Merlot’ competition, do you enter a lot of competitions?

I love entering writing competitions, whether it’s for poetry which are my favourite or short stories. I always have my scribbling pad and pen with me at lunch time whilst tucking into my sandwich. I write about anything really, whether it’s about people, the weather, situations I’ve found myself in, or even the town hall clock which you’ll read in my first feature @ Reads Ramblings which I am so excited about.

 Linda my friend is also an inspiration to me, both with her sewing techniques and her ebay selling. She’s is a very talented lace maker. She once made me a lace bookmark, it’s beautiful. We share all sorts of idea’s, sewing, dressmaking, writing and we also have days out together, she also likes red wine which is a bonus!

It’s been lovely chatting to you Janet. I’m sure ‘Reads Ramblings’ are going to be very popular. The first feature will be live on Thursday and every Thursday till we run out of your poems so keep ‘em coming!

C x






  • As usual a very interesting Carol’s ‘Close Up’ looking forward to next week and another ‘Reads Ramblings’

    • Hi Lin!
      Thank you very much for taking the time to visit our blog and commenting on a post. We are really excited about Janet joining us. :-)
      Best wishes,
      Carol & Bob ;-)

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